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More than 1 in 3 Spanish children in poverty

Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

MADRID, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- An estimated 2.8 million Spanish children, more than one in three, were living below the poverty line in 2012, a human rights group's report indicates.

Save the Children said the number of youths living below the poverty line in Spain increased from 30.6 percent in 2011 to 33.8 percent in 2012, ThinkSpain reported Friday.

The group defines poverty as a household income of 15,000 euros ($20,200) per year, or one in which the primary adult earner is unemployed leading to a financial shortfall wherein housing costs and utilities are not being paid.

The figures date to 2012 but Save the Children said estimates indicate the figure has likely risen through 2013.

The group said 2.8 million children were living in poverty by the end of 2012, an increase of 267,684 in just one year.

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